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Watermelon Series Final

Saturday, August 20, 2011

I ran race 4 of the Watermelon Series of 5Ks. I have now run five 5K races and this was my slowest by 2 seconds at 31:21. I started at the back of the pack and I didn't push it. I'm still recovering from a bear of a cold -- actually two of them back to back. I was out of award contention because I missed race 3 anyway so I just ran for exercise and fun. It felt good to run easy. I'm glad I did follow through and run it. I stayed for the trophy celebration. It was just a little bit hard to see that the first place winner in my age group is someone I beat in races one and two. Maybe next year.

I'm glad I stayed, though, because I got to meet quite a few other runners around my age. Again I was encouaged to join a Galloway walk/run group and I think I will. A lot of them run long races. Maybe someday I'll tackle a half marathon. I'm not seeing the point of running a whole marathon of 26+ miles -- it just seems like too much punishment. The most I've ever run was 9 miles and I feel confident I can build up to 13.1 without bleeding, fainting, exhaustion, injury, etc.

The finish line pictures from today's 5K have not been posted yet. If they are up today, I'll edit this blog and add mine. If not, I'll probably post it tomorrow. Right now I'm feeling strong and healthy. I'm hoping for a really fast race on September 3rd. We'll see.
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  • -PAULA
    You did an amazing time! I love the Jeff Galloway form of running and wish there were a group here and I would join. Maybe someday we will do a race together. Thanks for the great blog and once again inspiring me.
    2978 days ago
  • _LINDA
    You have the attitude of a winner and I predict we will be seeing you winning the medals in future races. So glad you could enjoy your run! Feel proud of yourself, very proud! Your running should always be fun and avoiding punishing yourself trying too long runs is a healthy way to look at it. You embody the spirit of winners never quit and quitters never win!! Go Marsha!!
    2979 days ago
    You did a great job Marsha!
    2979 days ago
    Marsha, I love your consistency! Watching you grow into a runner to be reckoned with has been amazing! I'm sure you have many awards in your future, attitude is everything and you have got IT! WTG!
    2979 days ago
    Wow. What an accomPlishment. Get well soon.
    2979 days ago
  • MIRAGE727
    Outstanding performance, Marsha. After being ill, I know you felt good to be out there. It's also great that you got new opportunities in running partners!
    2979 days ago
    I'm thinking that was totally classy behaviour not to drop out just because you could not be a series award winner . . .

    Winning the race would have been nice. But being a member of the human race is clearly more important to you!
    2979 days ago
    2979 days ago
    Congratulations! If you were running here in Florida triple congratulation, it's HOT out there!


    2979 days ago
  • PEARL8264
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    2979 days ago
  • MONTY68
    Hi Marsha
    Congratulations. I think 2 seconds slower is awesome. For how you were feeling you did a fantastic race. I am sure if you decide to run the 1/2 marathon, you will do great.
    You were and are awesome and a inspiration to all that read your blogs.

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    2979 days ago
    emoticon emoticon Marsha
    look forward to the pics hun WELL DONE YOU! emoticon
    2979 days ago
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